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President Mugabe Elected African Union Chairman

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African leaders elect President Mugabe as the new African Union Chairman for a one year term

By Agencies,

ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe took over the post of African Union chairman on Friday, replacing Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, vowed to protect the continent’s resources from “imperialists and colonialists.”

Mugabe, who turns 91 in February, thanked God for recent oil finds in Africa that the “blind eyes of colonialists could not see.” He made the comments in a speech to leaders in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa after being named chairman of the 54-nation group for a one-year term. Continue reading President Mugabe Elected African Union Chairman

Eritrean FM in Brussels for EU – Africa Summit

Eritrean delegation led by FM Osman Saleh at the 4th EU – African Summit

By TesfaNews,

AN ERITREAN Delegation led by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh has arrived in Brussels, Belgium on 30th March 2014 to participate in the 4th Africa-EU Summit.

The preparatory meetings for the Summit started today, 31 March, at the level of Senior Officials from both sides. In this session Eritrea is represented by Ambassador Girma Asmerom.

The Ministerial-level meeting on Peace and Security will take place tomorrow, 01 April. The Eritrean Delegation will participate in this session led by Minister Osman SalehContinue reading Eritrean FM in Brussels for EU – Africa Summit

EU Ascertain Eritrea’s Attendance to the 4th EU – Africa Summit

Misconceptions from Eritrea-phobic media aside, Eritrea will attend the 4th EU-Africa Summit

By TesfaNews,

EUROPEAN UNION Ambassador to Harare, Mr. Aldo Dell’Ariccia, today dismissed media reports over concerns that Europe is cherry-picking African participants to the upcoming EU – Africa Summit that was scheduled for April 2 – 3 in Brussels.

Citing Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, The Herald newspaper reported for the first time that the EU’s has intentions to bar Eritrea, a full member of the African Union, from attending the summit while inviting Egypt, a country under AU sanction following the removal of a legitimately elected President Mohamed Morsi.

The paper also reports that the bloc have left out Sudan, another full AU member, and the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, which is also a part of the continental body but has the majority of its land under Moroccan rule, from attending the summit.

In an interview he gave to this same paper, Ambassador Ariccia clarifies that the upcoming Summit is a meeting between European Union and Africa continent rather than with the African Union so that participation is not guided by the membership of the African Union.  Continue reading EU Ascertain Eritrea’s Attendance to the 4th EU – Africa Summit

Corrected: Eritrea to Participate at the 4th EU-Africa Summit

Eritrea rejects the story (below) that was released yesterday by a certain Farirai Machivenyika from The Herald newspaper accusing the EU for duplicity by not inviting Eritrea to the upcoming 4th EU-Africa Summit as “factually wrong”. 

Director of President Office, Mr. Yemane Gebremeskel, today informed TesfaNews that the invitation for Eritrea to attend the Summit was delivered to the Foreign Office by the EU Ambassador a month back. He also said that Eritrea had attended previous EU-Africa Summits at the Head of State level but for this year Foreign Minister Oman Saleh will represent President Isaias. He also adds ties between Eritrea and the EU remains warm and healthy. 

The 4th EU-Africa summit to take place in Brussels from 2-3 April under the theme “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace”.

By Farirai Machivenyika,

THE European Union’s contempt of the African Union was further exposed yesterday after it emerged the bloc barred Eritrea from attending the forthcoming EU-Africa Summit, while Egypt was invited despite it being under AU sanctions following the removal of a legitimately elected President Mohamed Morsi, last year.

Mr Morsi was overthrown in a military-backed uprising in July last year.

Eritrea is a full member of the AU and has not been invited to the Summit just like the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, which is also a part of the continental body but has the majority of its land under Moroccan rule.

The EU’s duplicity was exposed by Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Joey Bimha, when he appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs yesterday.

“The issue of the EU-Africa Summit was first discussed within SADC and before this summit the AU had taken a position that the EU cannot cherry-pick who was going to attend,” he said.  Continue reading Corrected: Eritrea to Participate at the 4th EU-Africa Summit

Jean Ping Lost AU Chairmanship to Dlamini-Zuma

The incompetent and flamboyant ex-Commissioner of the African Union – Jean Ping – is now history. It is simply gratifying and indeed a good omen seeing him left office with his head down.  We are expecting leadership form the new and first women Chairman of the AU Commission, Ms. Dlamini Zuma.

Jean Ping and his lame duck leadership of the AU has ended with his defeat. Alas!

By Reuters,

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma , South Africa’s minister of home affairs, was on Sunday elected as the first female head of the African Union Commission.

Ms Dlamini-Zuma, who received 37 votes in the last round of voting, needing 34 to win, defeated incumbent and rival Jean Ping of Gabon, who had headed the steering body of the 54-member organisation since 2008.

A failure by the AU to resolve the leadership contest between candidates from rival English- and French-speaking blocs at its summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, would have divided the continental body and undermined its credibility in the world.  Continue reading Jean Ping Lost AU Chairmanship to Dlamini-Zuma